According to Calciomercato, Everton are still interested in signing Inter Milan attacker Joao Mario this summer, but the Toffees should instead be looking to bring Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to the club.
Everton have finally started to make moves in the transfer market, and more new arrivals are expected before the 2018-19 Premier League campaign gets underway.
It is understood that Toffees boss Marco Silva wants to play a 4-3-3 formation next season, with two holding midfielders operating alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson.
According to Calciomercato, Silva sees Mario as a player capable of fitting into his preferred system, and will attempt to sign the Inter midfielder this summer.
Mario spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United, but it would be fair to say that he did not really set the Premier League alight.
And with Inter wanting to sell rather than loan the Portugal international, Everton should switch their interest to Chelsea’s Bakayoko.
It would be fair to say that Bakayoko struggled to make his mark at Chelsea last season, but there is no question that the Frenchman is a talent.
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The 23-year-old – valued at £36m by Transfermarkt – could be made surplus to requirements at Chelsea this summer following the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as head coach.
Bakayoko might have struggled last term, but he still made 43 appearances in all competitions for his London club, and it is worth remembering that he was very impressive during his time at Monaco.
The midfielder needs an arm around his shoulder and a little bit of direction, and there is no reason why Silva could not get the best out of the powerhouse next season.
It would be somewhat of a risky move, but Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands needs to make a statement signing this summer, and should move for a player with a point to prove.